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Chicago Style Pizza Rumors
updated: Jul 28, 2014, 3:29 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I heard that there was a "true" Chicago style pizza joint opening up (thick, stuffed pizza pie style). Is this true? Or was I just dreaming... again.

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 COMMENT 540224 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 04:16 PM

Nah...just a dream.

 

 COMMENT 540226 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 04:25 PM

I read it on Edhat also. I hope it is true. Deep dish pizza is the best if it is good.

 

 COMMENT 540230 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 04:35 PM

That's not pizza. It's a gut-buster casserole.

 

 COMMENT 540234 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 04:53 PM

I hope it's true and I hope they get their cheese from the Midwest or it won't work. They also need to get their sausage from the Midwest.


And if it is true, and if the proprietor is reading this forum, I hereby volunteer to taste test. Also? I would strongly encourage, I beseech, I beg, I pray, I entreat... PLEASE have wet beef & pepper sandwiches and pepper & egg sandwiches on Fridays. PLEASE.

 

 COMMENT 540235 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 04:54 PM

Patxi's will be coming to State Street, and they are indeed genuine Chicago style pizza. Possibly the best you can get outside of the Windy City.

 

 COMMENT 540242 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 05:28 PM

My tongue hangs out for some "real" pizza with proper ingredients. So, I'm ready to taste test the new offering when it comes and will hope it's true.

When I first came to Santa Barbara from the east coast in 1969 there was a joint on upper State called Pizza Luau where you could order a pizza with, among other things, pineapple on it! I laughed my a_ _ off - no offense to westerners who have never tasted a real pizza.

 

 COMMENT 540244 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 05:31 PM

Chicago pizza isn't the best in my book. Got to go further east. But glad a new Pizza place with a new option will be available.

 

 COMMENT 540248 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 05:43 PM

Can't have a talk about pizza without some holier-than-thou Chicagoan or New Yorker talking all high and mighty about how west coast pizza sucks. Amazing.

 

 COMMENT 540250P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 05:51 PM

248: It's just that they are foreigners/aliens. They have moved from another part of the world (East Coast, MidWest) to California. Like many travelers, they bemoan that things are not the same as they were "back home."

More to be pitied than censured.

 

 COMMENT 540251 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 05:56 PM

I prefer a thin, crisp pizza crust instead of thick and squishy.

Btw 242, there's this thing called "travelling". It allows people from one location to be in another location. My point being, we have tried your "real pizza", and we don't like it.

 

 COMMENT 540254 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 06:19 PM

What is a Chicago style pizza? One so expensive you need to borrow money from a loan shark?

 

 COMMENT 540259 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 06:31 PM

I agree with 248!!

 

 COMMENT 540263P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 06:53 PM

Chicagoan (now nesting in SB) here who used to savor the deep dish at the Uno and Due restaurants, but now am into the thin crust, less heavy pizzas. Here I ask for well done, crisp pizza and it satisfies. When I recently returned to the Due in Chicago, it wasn't as good as the memories I had of the place years ago.

 

 COMMENT 540264 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 06:59 PM

As a former Chicagoan and pizza fan of many different varieties, would love to see Chicago style pizza in SB...as long as they did it authentic and RIGHT. (and I agree with the poster that mentioned getting the ingredients from the source, great call). Same goes for St. Louis style pizza, that would be cool here as well. My concern is that someone will market the specialized pizza style and not deliver...kind of like a certain local joint that used to proclaim "Kansas City BBQ"....an absolute joke and disappointment as they were anything but KC BBQ, not even close.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 07:25 PM

Johns in Calumet City..Love Johns pizza not so much Chicago style but a taste all it's own..Foxs in Oak Lawn was kinda good and Firehouse in Hammond good but Johns was always my favorite italian sausage and bell pepper..i HAVEN'T HEARD OF Chicago STYLE PIZZA COMING HERE..Sorry about the caps..

 

 COMMENT 540271 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 07:30 PM

Paoli's (an LA "chain" of two restaurants with a third where the Bay Roadhouse is now) was pretty authentic. They made their own sausage as well.

 

 COMMENT 540283 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 08:59 PM

Gino's West would be great.

 

 COMMENT 540284P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 09:24 PM

I'd rather have a thin, light pizza (Delfina) than a thick, artery clogging one.

 

 COMMENT 540287 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 06:06 AM

I'll take thin pig & pineapple any day! Add some avocado and extra oregano, yum. Would try it thick if the chef will cook it for me.

 

 COMMENT 540289P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 06:24 AM

How odd, was just talking with friends about the surprising lack of Chicago style pizza in the area. Hope it's good!

 

 ANDY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 06:28 AM

That's not pizza. It's a gut-buster casserole.

 

 COMMENT 540293 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 06:51 AM

hard to beat Gino's with any other kind of pizza

 

 COMMENT 540298 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 07:09 AM

"True Chicago Style" would most certainly have to be in "Chicago!"

 

 COMMENT 540305 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 07:47 AM

Another slick chain planting itself downtown. Tough luck for the nine other pizza places nearby, especially my favorite, Nardonne's on Ortega. Support local folks.

 

 COMMENT 540307 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:22 AM

I love the Sicilian pizza by Nardonne's on Ortega Street next to the Wildcat Lounge. Friendly staff and reasonably priced and usually have certain wine specials. If you prefer thin crust, you must ask, but we prefer the pepperoni & basil. Yum!

 

 COMMENT 540309 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:27 AM

Yes, it's Patxi's they're talking about ("pat-cheese"). They're absolutely authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza from...wait for it...northern California. Oh, but wait! They actually do have a location as close to Chicago as......Denver. Confirmed, brah!

 

 COMMENT 540318P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:54 AM

How does one pronounce Patxi's?

 

 COMMENT 540320P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:56 AM

Sal's -- 568-0222-- every Friday. Thin thin crust.

 

 COMMENT 540335 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 09:53 AM

Real pizza is thin flat bread made with real tomatoes and real mozzarella. Sound boring? Maybe, but when done properly, Napolitano style, it's the best.

 

 COMMENT 540338 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:00 AM

I'll take pesto wtih artichoke hearts on a thin crust every day. I love me some Hawaiian pizza as well. There is a myth that there is only good pizza in the midwest and back east. There is also a myth that the only good Mexican food in the US is in Texas - I still laugh at that almost daily. There's good food in all parts of the country.

 

 COMMENT 540340 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:00 AM

335: ++1 Yes!

 

 COMMENT 540341 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:02 AM

I only eat homemade pizza. I would love a Deano's pizza though.

 

 COMMENT 540342 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:05 AM

My favorite is Zachary's up in Berkeley.

 

 COMMENT 540349 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:19 AM

Restaurant Guy published a story on this March 13.

 

 COMMENT 540361 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:27 AM

While there are bad pizza places back east as well, sorry but the best pizza is generally found in NJ however, there are some good (well decent ) places here mostly Sal's. As for Chicago style, will try it but it is heavier! Anyone who has ever been anywhere knows that CA is not the best place to get good pizza. Or anywhere on the West Coast for that matter. There are some exceptions, but that is indeed the general rule.

 

 COMMENT 540399P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:21 AM

Best west coast pizza I have had in decades: Piaci Pub & Pizzeria, Ft. Bragg, CA. Like Bucatini in SB and Trattoria Grappola in Santa Ynez also.

 

 COMMENT 540421 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:09 PM

Another pizza place in downtown? c'mon pappa john's in goleta too, there's gotta be something better than pizza places everywhere, eh? Nope, it's goooood and we love Paezano's on San Andres the best! We try others and keep going back, YUM!

 

 COMMENT 540425 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:18 PM

Ewwww....papa john's is the worst!

 

 COMMENT 540427 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:19 PM

Personally I'm open to a variety of pizza styles, if they are done well. Can't say any particular part of the country does it "right" or "wrong"- what a silly generalization! Everyone is entitled to their opinion. BTW- I'm from Upstate NY & prefer my pizza thick & chewy with lots of meats and veggies and cheeses- artery-clogging yes, but enjoyed in moderation. That being said- I love lots of other types of pizza too!

 

 COMMENT 540451 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:45 PM

The best pizza is the one you like and look forward to eating - hopefully you get to bring some friends with you to enjoy it. Chi style is a rarity here - I hope they do well.

 

 COMMENT 540474 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:37 PM

Chicago is derived from the French Chicaguoa, which is derived from the Miami-Illinois Native American tribe word shikaakwa meaning wild garlic. Garlic grew all over that area in the 17/1800's, and so we have Chicago. A Chicago pizza better have lots of garlic!

 

 COMMENT 540483 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 03:22 PM

OP here (and yes, I was born and raised in Chicago, lived in River Plaza - 6 blocks from Pizzeria Uno on Wabash). That's what I'm talkin' about. Yup - looks like it's Patxi's soon to open at the old Territory Ahead location.

Looking at Patxi's website, it looks like it is that deep dish pizza pie style. One slice will do ya. Two will put you into food-coma.

I too will offer my taste buds as a taste-tester!

Thanks for the help EdHatters!

BTW - Nardonne's is really freaking good too! I'm sure they'll last.

 

 COMMENT 540486 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 03:30 PM

My favorite is New Haven pizza, and I'm not from there. But I will eat any style, if it is good, so bring Chicago on!

 

 COMMENT 540517 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 06:08 PM

ny style peekza sucks

 

 COMMENT 540572P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 01:31 AM

Food news, Patxi's coming to SB. As they say, good pizza will weed out the bad.

http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/news/2014/03/13/patxis-pizza-opening-downtown/

check out the comments too

 

 COMMENT 540610P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 09:04 AM

My dear friend, age 67, (a veteran officer who was shot in Vietnam, retired after 20 years as a LT. Colonel) applied for his veterans benefits in January 2014. He received a letter of acknowledgment, but nothing else. He needs this money to survive retirement and needs the medical benefits as well.
What can be done or who can help expedite payment?

 

 COMMENT 540635 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 10:18 AM

Maybe offer him a slice of pizza.

 

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